La Floresta Leaves Lasting Legacy in Brea

OC Business Journal Brea 100 Years Supplement

The vision of La Floresta set out to design a one-of-a-kind, mixed-use, multigenerational master-planned community in Brea, and also to create a lasting legacy on the 120 acre property at the corner of Imperial Highway and Valencia. Imbedded in the project focal point was the idea of “OASIS”, a kinetic sculpture by Anna Valentina Murch & Douglas Hollis referencing Brea’s rich oil history.  The art installation, part of Brea’s Art in Public Places program, was dedicated to the City of Brea on April 9, 2016 by La Floresta LLC and Chevron Land & Development Company, a contribution that will stand the test of time. 

The La Floresta LLC project team, which started its planning in 1999, sought community input from many of the city’s constituents. “It was important to seek community input on every design element from the mix of housing opportunities, trails, parks, sustainability to the landscaping surrounding each neighborhood,” says Ivan Jimenez, La Floresta Project Manager. “We knew the property held a special meaning for the Brea community, so it was important to us to stay true to our company’s values and site history.  As a result, La Floresta has become one of the most sought after master planned communities in the region.”

That is why the management teams involved in La Floresta LLC carefully selected the local and regional companies from every aspect of the building community to become a partner in this effort.  From the land planners to the homebuilders, everyone shared the vision of creating a unique environment that offered an array of intimate neighborhoods, recreation and services. 

The La Floresta Project Plan had many firsts for Brea, including the first new residential community to embrace workforce housing, built by Jamboree Housing Corporation, on a redesigned 90 acre Birch Hills 18-hole executive golf course.  Coming soon, Porta Rosa, a new neighborhood designed and built by Ryland Homes (CalAtlantic Homes) will offer townhomes on the golf course within walking distance to trails and retail services.   

La Floresta also offers dedicated walking and bike trails linking to regional trails as well as new housing for families within walking distance to a new elementary school and regional sports park. 

A highlight of the community is the Village at La Floresta, an 87,000 square-foot retail center owned and operated by Regency Centers and home to the only Whole Foods in North Orange County plus many boutique shops and restaurants.  “Throughout our planning, we were seeking design elements and features that were unique to this community,” says Jimenez. “These details are reflected in our site plan design, signage, landscaping as well as incorporating timeless architecture for each of the neighborhoods.  To create a look of maturity, we relocated numerous trees that had been on the property for dozens of years.”

The housing needs of seniors have always been a top priority for the La Floresta project team. Buena Vida, a 55+ enclave within La Floresta, offers Olvera and Solana homes being built by Pulte/Del Webb Homes. Featuring one and two stories, all with master bedrooms on the first floor, the homes each include Universal Design. Residents have exclusive access to their own clubhouse with a gym and a pool.  Soon, Agave, a new neighborhood of single level stacked condominiums to be built by The New Home Company will be offered in Buena Vida.   

Capriana,built, owned and operated by Oakmont Senior Living, offers independent living with continuum of care services, amenities in addition to Villagio at Capriana, a memory care center.

Within the all-age community of La Floresta, a select group of excellent builders designed and built a variety of new homes catering to the diverse needs of today’s homebuyers.  Standard Pacific Homes (CalAtlantic Homes) designed and built Paseo Townhomes, Avenida single family homes, and Camino homes.  Van Daele Homes designed and built three neighborhoods including Ventanas single family homes and Alterra single level stacked flats, which included some live-work residences, and Castile, a collection of charming bungalows and flats with private courtyards and garages.

The La Floresta Swim and Play Club, exclusively for residents of La Floresta all age community, offers a resort-style recreational club featuring architectural design that rivals any five star resort and country club. The 26,000 square foot Clubhouse, sitting on a two-acre site in the heart of the La Floresta community, has indoor multipurpose rooms and dual catering kitchens, as well as an outdoor pool and spa with outdoor showers and a dining patio with barbeques and seating for small parties. Residents have the use of a recreational lawn, fire pit and an interactive water feature for children.

This vision could not have been realized without the support of many individuals and organizations within and outside La Floresta, LLC and Brea, including past and current City Councils, Planning Commissions, city staff, and various departments in the city. We also acknowledge groups in the community such as the Art in Public Places Commission and the Brea Unified School District, Friends of La Floresta, and current residents.

The region’s finest contactors have also played a pivotal role including the teams at Land Concern, Albus Keefe & Associates, Bame Public Relations, CPS Consultants, Hartman Consulting Services, LLC, Hunsaker & Associates, Moote Companies, Park West Landscaping, Preface Inc. Marketing, Titan Engineering, Turner Townsend, and WHA Inc. Architects.

La Floresta Brea, a mixed use master planned community being developed by La Floresta LLC, features a resort style swim club, walking, biking and meandering trails linking people and places within La Floresta and connecting to city and county trail systems.  The community will ultimately include nine thoughtfully planned neighborhoods.  To visit, take the 57 freeway to Imperial Highway and head east 2 miles to La Floresta Drive.  To learn more, go to


La Floresta’s Buena Vida Announces the Model Grand Opening for the Del Webb Solana Collection on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Ideally located in the exclusive 55+ gated enclave of Buena Vida in La Floresta, the Olvera and Solana collections by Del Webb will soon offer an expansive private clubhouse for its residents, complete with amenities and programs designed for creative, social, physical, and intellectual fulfillment. Two very special collections of detached single and two story homes from approximately 1400 to 3000 square feet feature the latest trends in new home designs with open living layouts, gourmet kitchens anchored by oversized kitchen islands and entries with built-in bench and cubbies. Olvera sales are now underway starting in the $900,000’s with 3 model homes now open for viewing. Pre sales for Solana are also underway starting in the mid $600,000’s.

“Buena Vida, La Floresta’s highly anticipated new active adult community in North Orange County, has generated a lot of interest from local and out-of-state residents,” says La Floresta Project Manager, Ivan Jimenez. “Creating a multigenerational community where people of every age and stage of life can live, work, play and shop has been the cornerstone of our planning efforts. We are confident buyers seeking new homes in Orange County will be excited about the location, new home choices and amenities at La Floresta.”

Now in its final sales phase for homebuyers of all ages, Alterra, being built by Van Daele Homes, features single-level flats and two-story live/work residences designed with richly detailed, three-story Spanish style architecture and include two-car garages for each home. Four innovative floor plans offers up to three bedrooms and provide open concept living and dining areas, gourmet kitchens with abundant cabinetry and decks or porches. Pricing for Alterra has ranged from the $600,000’s.

Castile, built by Van Daele Homes, and currently sold out, is an enchanting village of 30 single-family detached bungalow homes and carriage flats. These unique single-level and two story residences offer two to four bedrooms and up to 3.5 baths, private courtyards for outdoor entertaining and private garages.

All roads and walking paths around the community link residents to The Village at La Floresta, which celebrated its grand opening April 2016. The Village boasts 87,000 square feet of specialty retail and restaurants anchored by the first Whole Foods Market in the region. Also located at The Village is Oasis, a $2.5 million dollar environmental sculpture, considered one of Orange County’s most significant art in public places pieces.

La Floresta Brea, a mixed use master planned community being developed by La Floresta LLC, features a resort style swim club for residents of the all age community plus walking, biking and meandering trails within La Floresta and connecting to city and county trail systems. To visit, take the 57 freeway to Imperial Highway and head east 2 miles to La Floresta Drive. To learn more, go to


Birch Hills Golf Course Officially Open

Birch Hills golf course is back and better than ever! Golfers can now enjoy the beautifully-redesigned executive course. Visit to schedule a tee time.Golf course designer Casey O’Callaghan says golfers will appreciate the recent improvements.

  • “It’s a dynamite … a brand new course. We’ve enriched the look and feel of the course in a way that will be enjoyable for the average golfer, while keeping it interesting and exciting for better golfers, too.”

For more information, call Birch Hills Golf Course at (714) 831-0550 to speak with Billy Casper Golf staff.


Whole Foods Market Now Open

Village At La Floresta Retail Center Now Open

The Village at La Floresta is bustling with activity since Whole Foods Market opened its first North Orange County location in February. Whole Foods anchors the new retail hub located in the mixed use master planned community of La Floresta in Brea. The occasion was marked by inviting Brea's Mayor to participate in a bread-breaking ceremony with Whole Foods team members, city officials and the community. At the event, shoppers received free samples and the first 300 people to enter the store received reusable shopping bags. Kids enjoyed bag decorating with vegetable stamps. There were also food demonstrations, a DJ and a photo booth.

"We heard from locals that they wanted a bar with wine and local craft beer, grab-and-go food options, kid-friendly spaces and interesting culinary experiences," said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market's Southern Pacific Region. "From the self-serve pizza station, to the bar-restaurant, to the upstairs mezzanine area for tastings and Kids' Club events, we're thrilled to bring North Orange County a unique shopping experience designed to address the community's needs and wishes."

With seating for more than 120 indoor and outdoor, Whole Foods offers daily specials with local crafted beer and a brunch menu. The onsite family-friendly NOOC, an acronym for North Orange County, offers a new happy hour spot, or a place to grab an affordable lunch while picking up groceries.

What makes this a special shopping and dining experience at the Village is Oasis, a $2.5 million dollar kinetic sculpture designed by artists Douglas Hollis and Anna Valentina Murch. Located just outside the front doors of Whole Foods, the art piece will be celebrated by the community on April 9 where Hollis, local dignitaries and members of the project team including La Floresta Project Manager Ivan Jimenez will dedicate the art piece.

"This is a momentous occasion for everyone involved in creating the vision for the entire La Floresta community," says Jimenez. "Oasis is the crown jewel; a focal point for Brea residents and visitors, who want to live, work, shop, dine and gather."

La Floresta Brea, a mixed use master planned community being developed by La Floresta LLC, offers a wide range and mix of new home designs for all ages and stages priced from the $500,000s to over $800,000s; features a resort style swim club, walking, biking and meandering trails linking people and places within La Floresta and connecting to city and county trail systems. The Village at La Floresta was built and is being managed by Regency Centers. To visit, take the 57 freeway to Imperial Highway and head east 2 miles to La Floresta Drive. To learn more, go to

Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored community shopping centers, has closed on 8.58 acres at the corner of Imperial Highway and Valencia Avenue in Brea. Regency Centers' plan to build an 87,000 square-foot retail center, Village at La Floresta is almost complete. The center is now home to the first Whole Foods Market in North Orange County.

“The Village at La Floresta provides North Orange County with its first Whole Foods, as well as, new and exciting restaurants and retailers,” said John Mehigan, vice president of investments for Regency Centers in Southern California. “We’ve designed this center to become the ‘downtown’ for East Brea, a gathering place for the community to meet, shop and enjoy.”

Centralized amongst the master-planned La Floresta community, The Village at La Floresta is surrounded by the newly completed and upcoming single-family homes, town homes and future luxury senior living alternatives.

“We have created a place that allows people to relax, interact and, most importantly, find the high quality food, goods and services that meet their needs. With areas for gathering, community events and walking paths, we hope the community comes to see Shops at La Floresta as an extension of their own homes,” continued Mehigan. The center will pursue LEED certification to continue with Regency’s commitment to sustainable development.

La Floresta Swim Club

Recreational Club for La Floresta Residents is First of its Kind in Brea

La Floresta, north Orange County's newest mixed-use, multigenerational master-planned community, has unveiled its Swim Club, a resort-style complex that is the community's most impressive amenity. The 6,100 square foot facility is exclusively for La Floresta All Age Community residents and their guests.

"The Swim Club is the pulse of La Floresta where residents will meet and play in an exceptionally designed amenity that makes La Floresta the most desired community in North Orange County," says Ivan Jimenez, project manager of La Floresta. "The Club's design elements compliment the beautiful architecture of the surrounding neighborhoods and offer an extravagance most people would only find on luxury vacation."

William Hezmalhalch Architects (WHA), a global comprehensive land planning and design firm in Orange County, created this one-of-a-kind building with Spanish- Romantic architecture reflective of the residential architecture sprinkled throughout the community.

The expansive private Club offers indoor multipurpose rooms and a catering kitchen, as well as an outdoor pool, spa, showers and a dining patio with barbeques and seating for small parties. "Our thoughtful designs are reflective of the multigenerational residents who will be using the Club," says Fernando Laullon, AIA, and NCARB of WHA.

Residents and their guests enjoy a recreational lawn, fire pit and interactive water feature for children. Surrounding the Club is beautiful, lush landscaping including mature trees, plants and flowers designed by Land Concern, a landscape architecture firm based in Orange County. The La Floresta Swim Club is being managed by First Service Residential Property Management Company.


La Floresta Residents Tap Into Brea's Academics, Athletics and Arts

Brea's nine schools have an excellent reputation in Orange County for academics, athletics, and cultural arts and music. Awards include National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, California Distinguish Schools and several educators have been recognized as California and Orange County Teacher of the Year. Residents living in La Floresta will reap the benefits of the Brea Olinda Unified School District's commitment to excellence including a newly constructed elementary school within walking distance from their homes.

"Brea's schools have strong community support. Families have high expectations for academic achievement and they value education," says Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) Principal Jerry Halpin. "We have respectful and tolerant students. Kids just love going to our schools." That is evident with Brea's Academic Performance Index (API) scores, with each school ranking over 800. API measures California's Public Schools academic performance.

Athletics are also engrained into Brea's community culture. BOHS athletic teams have won perhaps more league championships than any other Orange County school over the past quarter century. Team sports, such as basketball, football, soccer, track & field, swimming, softball, baseball, golf and volleyball have enjoyed great success and continue to rank among the top contenders in the Century League.

Outstanding arts and vocational programs are prevalent at all school levels. The School District has a regionally recognized model Photography program and the junior high and high schools' vocal music classes feed into the United Choir of Brea, an award winning show choir with more than 120 participants.

The Building Industry Technology Program (BITA), in association with the Orange County Building Industry Association, teaches students skills needed to enter the construction trade. And for students who are passionate about computer software development, the Global Information Technology program enters kids into a regional cyber security competition. The high schools' teams ranked first and second last year.

"We offer strong academics, activities, arts and athletic programs that prepare Brea's students to leave high school to do whatever they want in the future," says Halpin, who has been at the school for 12 years. "One of the great things about Brea schools is all of the kids grow up knowing each other and feed into one high school and that is a unique experience that may not be found in other Orange County communities."


Birch Hills Apartment Homes Now Open

Birch Hills Apartments are now open to residents. Jamboree Housing, Inc., a well-respected builder of workforce housing in Orange County, built and manages the community. The new apartments are located on the west side of Kraemer at the southern edge of the Birch Hills Golf Course.

Birch Hills Apartment Homes incorporate state-of-the-art green features and incorporates design principles that have achieved a LEED certified Platinum rating, the highest possible. Some of the features will be solar efficient light fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and low VOC interior materials, in addition to built-in water conservation with flow restrictors, tankless water heaters, and drought tolerant landscaping. All of this keeps costs down for residents and is in keeping with Brea’s emphasis on green building.

Contact the City of Brea's Housing Department for more details and applications.


Capriana at La Floresta

Capriana, a world-class Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) by Oakmont Senior Living, has completed construction. Located on a 5-1/2 acre campus at the southeast corner of La Floresta's 120-acre Multi-generational Master Planned Community. Oakmont's newest signature property has 75 apartment homes, four casitas (individual homes), and a care center for those ages 60+. Capriana residents will have access to dozens of amenities, including concierge and housekeeping services, spa treatments and gourmet cuisine. Assisted care is available in the private residences if needed. Villagio at Capriana provides Resident-Centered Memory Care in Orange County.

"Oakmont Senior Living is dedicated to exemplary service in our signature communities and the highest quality of life for our residents," says Bill Gallaher, founder and principal of Oakmont Senior Living. "We are excited to introduce Capriana and to bring our first-rate quality and elegant style to Brea."

To learn more about Capriana, stop by the Capriana Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., located on La Floresta Drive at Imperial Highway between Valencia and Rose Drive or call 714-996-1239.

Capriana at La Floresta